With Thanks

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This time of year can be stressful and people often lose sight of what’s truly important with the mania of the holidays. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday because its focus is never on material goods but rather the good things in life – friends, family, and food. I am lucky because I have an abundance of good things in life to celebrate this year. Here they are, in no particular order:

I’m thankful to the people in my life who have supported me the past 18 months. These people, regardless of my mistakes, triumphs, highs and lows, checked in to say hi, invited me over for a meal, sent a card to remind me that I was loved, or talked to me for a couple hours on the phone regardless of what time of day (or night) it was. These people are my friends.

I’m thankful for my intuition and trusting that little voice in my head or gut that guided me to the place I am right now. It takes a lot to trust oneself and it was probably the hardest thing I’ve done but eventually I figured it out and everything seems to be working for the best.

I’m thankful for learned honesty and for the honest people in my life. For a long time I wasn’t honest with myself and that’s the person you need to be the most honest with. It’s very freeing to live an honest life.

I’m thankful for my health. While I have earned good health I recognize that not everyone is as fortunate, even those who strive for good health.

I’m thankful for anyone reading this because knowing that you took a few minutes to see what I had to say means a lot.

Give thanks to the people, including yourself, in your life.